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Chapecoense awarded Copa Sudamericana

Chapecoense awarded Copa Sudamericana

- Chapecoense have been named 2016 Copa Sudamerica champions by Conmebol

- The team lost most of its staff in a plane crash when travelling for the final

- The Brazilian side will play Atletico Nacional, defending Copa Libertadores champions

Brazilian club Chapecoense have been named the 2016 Copa Sudamericana champions (the South American equivalent of the Europa League) after most of their team died in a plane crash en route to the final.

South American football confederation Conmebol came to an agreement with Colombian opponents Atletico Nacional, who asked for Chapecoense to be awarded the trophy.

Chapecoense awarded Copa Sudamericana

Chapecoense players on board flight which tragically went down in Medellin

Seventy-one people, including 19 players and staff, were killed in last Monday's crash on the way to Colombia for the first leg.

Chapecoense have also been awarded the Fair Play award to acknowledge their "spirit of peace, understanding and fair play".

The Brazilian club will be given the $2m (£1.57m) in prize money while Atletico Nacional will receive $1m (£787,000).

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the accident but a recording suggests the plane was out of fuel moments before the crash outside Medellin.

Chapecoense awarded Copa Sudamericana

The coffins of some of the Brazilian Chapecoense football team players killed in a plane crash

Brazilian clubs have pledged to loan players to Chapecoense for free and want the team to be safe from relegation from the top flight for the next three seasons.

As Sudamericana champions, Chapecoense get a guaranteed spot in next year's Copa Libertadores, South America's equivalent of the Champions League.

It also means that Chapecoense will face Atletico Nacional - the defending Copa Libertadores champions - in a two-game series next year between the continent's two club champions.

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